Image courtesy of The Women's Library, LSE
The Mapping Women’s Suffrage project brings people together from communities across the country to help record, display and share, the locations, lives and materials, of as many Votes for Women campaigners as possible for the centenary in 2028 – celebrating 100 years since women gained the vote on the same terms as men.
CAN YOU HELP?
Are you a family researcher with a suffrage story to tell? A local history enthusiast or local history group? Do you work in the museum, heritage, local library or academic sector? Are you a keen photographer? A budding researcher or a schoolteacher? Do you simply love history, and have time to volunteer to put campaigners in your town on the suffrage map? If this sounds like you, there are numerous ways to get involved with the project and help us build an unprecedented map of Votes for women campaigning by ordinary women and men, in villages, towns and cities across the country in 1911.
Mapping Women’s Suffrage strives to be a transparent, inclusive, and ethical people’s history project. It offers a new platform for budding researchers and history enthusiasts to publicly share their Votes for Women discoveries and all contributions used for the project are credited where applicable.
Below are some suggestions on how you could get involved.
SUBMIT A CAMPAIGNER
If you have gathered the required information, you can directly submit a Votes for Women campaigner for inclusion on our map via the form below.
The campaigner must have been alive and active in the suffrage movement in the year 1911. This can be a known Votes for women campaigner already featured in a published source that you wish to nominate, or original research uncovering a suffrage campaigner currently ‘hidden’ from suffrage histories.
Please note that submissions are vetted before inclusion on the map.
If you require a more detailed guide on submitting a Votes for women campaigner, and on the accuracy and type of information required for inclusion on the map, please see our Guide to Submitting a Campaigner (right).
Have you created your own local suffrage map? We would love to incorporate it into our national mapping picture, so do get in touch.
If you have multiple campaigners to submit – please Contact Us using the form on the Contact Us page.
ADD TO EXISTING CAMPAIGNER
There may be a campaigner on the map in your area that you already know about, but you can still help to enrich the story of their lives by sending images or documents about them to add to our suffrage map. We are keen to include campaigner photographs, house and street images, official documents, letters and newspaper clippings about them. If you work for, or regularly visit your local museum, archives, or library, this may be ideal for you. Or if you have a campaigner in your family and want to share their photographs and letters.
Our suffrage map can be used on mobile devices, so we are keen to feature current as well as old photographs of campaigner houses where they survive, to help people navigate and find campaigner homes more easily when out and about. Are you a keen photographer that could help with this?
If any of the above sounds like you and you’d like to help, please visit the Contact Us page and get in touch.
DO YOU HAVE A SUFFRAGE STORY TO TELL?
We will be featuring regular blogs about the Votes for Women campaign and its campaigners on our Suffrage Blogs page. Would you like to write a blog for us? You can write about a Votes for women campaigner who especially inspires you, one in your local area, or tell us your experience of researching a suffrage campaigner - whether that’s discovering a suffragette in your family, or how you worked together in a local group to uncover hidden suffrage lives.
Do you live at an address featured on our suffrage map? Would you be willing to tell us how you feel about living in a former suffragist or suffragette house? Has it changed the way you think about the Votes for women campaign? Or would you like to tell us more generally, what you have learned from the project?
We’re open to suggestions and would love to hear your stories so Contact Us.
Are you holding a Votes for women event or talk? Would you like to tell us about the event and advertise it on our events page? If so, do Contact Us.
Are you an academic or local historian who has written something on the women’s suffrage movement? Are you able to donate your work as a free downloadable resource to share? Or record a podcast for the project? If so, do get in touch.
Can you help Mapping Women’s Suffrage to identify, record and share, the locations and lives of Votes for Women campaigners across the country in 1911 by helping fund the project for the 2028 centenary? We welcome collaborative working with organisations and institutions of all shapes and sizes from across the history and humanities sector to help develop the map in towns, cities and regions across the country. All partners and funders will be credited by the project.